My family was many years away from a video camera or even a VCR when this ad ran in magazines. I remember the first time we saw this sort of stuff in a store though, they had set up a video camera and connected it to a large TV and would let people stand in front of the camera and see themselves. You would have thought people had NEVER seen themselves before, because people couldn’t resist getting in front of the camera and staring at themselves on TV.
I have to admit, I was also very guilty of staring and hamming it up while watching the large color television and could not wait to get a video camera for our home (I had to wait a long time).
We weren’t even in a store dedicated to video equipment, I think it was a Sears, so I can only imagine the kind of dumbfounded crowds this store must have attracted.